Matthew Perry earns Champion of Recovery award at the White House
"Friends" alumnus Matthew Perry has come a long way since addictions to prescription pills and alcohol plagued him during the pinnacle of his hit show's popularity. The 43-year-old actor has spoken candidly about his addiction-ridden past on Capitol Hill, and has become a key supporter of and advocate for the Drug Court campaign, which pairs judges specializing in addictions with drug-related cases as a means of getting people help through rehab rather than simply carting them off to jail, where their problems may not be dealt with head-on. At the White House on Monday, the Office of National Drug Control Policy commended Perry for his work by bestowing on him the Champion of Recovery award. "During my darkest times," he later told The Hollywood Reporter, "I never could have imagined receiving an award at the White House."